Check out these common air flow causes;
-Registers and Vents that are blocked:
We all want our homes to look nice and have unobstructed walk ways. Making sure your vents and registers aren’t blocked are just as important. Pull furniture away from your vents so your airflow is not compromised. Some older homes have ductwork that was only sized for heat can impede cooling airflow operation. Have a technician check to see if ductwork is sized correctly for "tonnage" of your unit. Original vent openings many times are too small to move cold air.
-Dirty Condenser Coil:
This coil is located in your outdoor unit; therefore, it is exposed to all the dirt, dust, and elements. If your coil is dirty it can’t do its job, which is to release heat. This causes your unit to work harder and your house to stay warmer during the hot months. Coils should be cleaned on a bi-annual or annual basis.
-Blower motor not operating efficiently:
The blower fan located in your HVAC system moves the air throughout your ductwork and living space. If not working efficiently, your airflow will be impacted in your home or business.
Your filters could need to be replaced monthly. Especially if you have pets. Keeping dust and dirt out of your ducts and equipment is the job of your filter. If it gets overloaded, this will affect the efficiency of your airflow and could cause damage to equipment parts.
-Accumulation of dust or obstruction in ductwork:
If you aren’t changing your filters, then that dust is accumulating on the sides of your ductwork. Have your ductwork inspected to see if it needs to be cleaned. A build up of dust can impede airflow, especially if your ductwork has been sized too small .
Sometimes we don’t realize we have an airflow problem because it has decreased gradually over time. Here are some symptoms you will experience with decreased air flow problems...
Don’t allow these problems to continue. Most can be fixed inexpensively. However, ignoring these as mentioned earlier could result in your compressor failing which can be costly. The heart of your AC is your compressor and if air flow is restricted it puts greater stress on it and therefore decreases the life of the compressor.
Regulate Preventative maintenance can help to mitigate many airflow causes. If you are experiencing any of these problems, have your system maintained IMMEDIATELY before any damage occurs to your system that could cause failure.